Collaborating for kids: playing and learning through systems work

Queensland children have higher rates of vulnerability than children in any other major Australian jurisdiction. We know that pandemic and natural disasters disproportionately impact those already vulnerable. We know that early and enduring adversity affects everything: brain development and physical and mental health, stress at home, success at school, relationships, employment, income levels, all the way through the economy and society. Overwhelmingly, children who start behind stay behind. Without interrupting the life-long trajectory of disadvantage, that then unfolds as an intergenerational cycle. Read more…

May. 19, 2022   |   Michael Hogan


Recognising the vital role of volunteers this National Volunteer Week

Every year millions of people volunteer to support communities across the country. This National Volunteer Week, we are highlighting the vital role of the often-invisible workforce that supports the nation every day and through challenging times. Read more…

May. 12, 2022   |   Mark Pearce


Opportunities for giving to grow and for philanthropy to lead

At the heart of the welcome news that the nation’s philanthropy showed admirable resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, is the realisation that recent economic data points to a challenging period for giving in the immediate years ahead. Rising inflation and increasing interest rates represent difficulties that will impact everyone, from governments, to business, and households. In such an environment, governments become risk-averse: caution becomes a by-word of doing business in such a climate, especially for a government trying to manage a large deficit. But those circumstances represent an opportunity for philanthropy to show leadership, to step into the breach, and amplify its unique virtues – to take risks, to innovate, to collaborate and build connections that help shift perceptions and drive change. Read more…

May. 06, 2022   |   Jack Heath


The Great Debate - By Audette Exel AO, Peter Winneke and Rachel Etherington

Impact investing has emerged in recent years as a powerful tool for social change. But where does it fit in to the philanthropic eco-system? In this expanded Great Debate, we ask three wise voices to reflect on the question: does impact investing negate the need for philanthropy? The responses draw on varied examples and experiences that capture the enduring scope of philanthropy and how impact investing is part of the larger suite of tools available to those seeking to make a difference. It's a provocative question that triggers a stimulating debate. Read more…

May. 06, 2022


Higher education philanthropy: many stories and trends

Giving and learning are both about change, innovation, transformation, and more equal opportunities. Read more…

Apr. 28, 2022   |   Associate Professor Wendy Scaife


Pushing boundaries, shifting the status quo

The Impact Fund celebrates 5 years of collective achievements Read more…

Apr. 21, 2022   |   Nicole Richards


Harnessing technology for better granting outcomes

Philanthropy hasn’t been completely transformed by technology compared to the way we now can communicate with each other, consume entertainment and go shopping online. Read more…

Apr. 21, 2022   |   Julia Steele Scott


Data Journeys - Community

About: This series explores the voices of individuals and organisations championing the use of data and evidence as tools for disruptive change. Their inspirational work serves as a guide for how the for-purpose sector can embrace these practises. The series was authored by Purpose, a social impact organisation with support from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Read more…

Apr. 13, 2022   |   Dylan Williams & Vishad Sharma


First New Gen event of 2022: Outcomes and reflections

Last night, we had the rare privilege of coming together as a group to hear from a fascinating panel of philanthropic leaders, hosted at the home of New Gen Co-Chair Bella Wiggs. The first in-person New Gen event of its kind in quite some time kicked off with an enlightening conversation between Mike Gonski and Ian Thorpe, both board members of the ReachOut charity, who were later joined by Jack Heath, Philanthropy Australia’s CEO, who founded ReachOut in 1997, in order to leverage the growing power of the internet to prevent youth suicide. Read more…

Apr. 08, 2022   |   Martin Green


It actually works – how behavioural insights can increase workplace giving

How much do people have to change to double workplace giving? Could it be as easy as an email from a boss, couched in encouraging language? And just how important is the discipline of behavioural economics in helping us understand workplace giving and forecast ways we can boost it? Simple behavioural changes can work to increase workplace giving, as suggested by new findings from a recent report undertaken for a major Federal Government department. Read more…

Apr. 08, 2022   |   By Rebecca Moriarty


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